Sydney Tramway Museum, Loftus

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.4/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
The Sydney Tramway Museum began life in 1950. From 1957 the Museum operated from a large corrugated iron shed alongside what is now today the Parklink tramline, on the opposite side of the Princes Highway from the current site. In 1988, the Museum moved to its current premises next to Loftus railway station.

The museum has an extensive collection of trams from Sydney and cities in Australia and around the world.

There are two tram lines from the museum used to run tram rides for museum visitors. The first runs 1.5 km north almost to Sutherland railway station, paralleling Rawson Avenue in the way Sydney's tram system operated, the second utilises a former railway that once branched off Sydney Train's Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra (T4) railway line that 2 km into the Royal National Park that flanks Sydney's southern boundary.

The Sydney Tramway Museum is run entirely by volunteers and self funds its day to day activities, restorations and construction programs from gate takings and donations from the public.
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  • This place takes the visitor back to the olden days of Sydney when trams trundled the streets. On Sundays trams run into the nearby Royal National Park giving a good short trip where the local birdlif...  read more »
  • Away from busy city life, this museum contains some of the cars that made up the large tramway capillary Sydney, before it was dismantled by the shortsightedness of the then administrators. Among the models on display, many still work, we also find cars in Melbourne. The exhibition is very rich in the halls boathouse at the company that operates also a short tramway that Loftus station takes you to the beginning of the largest park in Sydney. Old trams travel on the route-way and circulating is included in the ticket price of the Museum. Open only on Wednesdays and Sundays
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  • I have taken a scout group on one occasion and my grand kids on another. This is a unique and worthy trip. It runs on "the smell of an oily rag", which means it runs because of the passion and enthusi...  read more »
  • Want to introduce your children to the "olden days" (as they are wont to call them)? Well go no further. We loved our visit to the Tram Museum. We also brought the grandparents for added commentary! My favourite part was climbing on the old carriages and buses and getting the feel for them. Sometimes it felt like an old movie (Murder on the Orient Express?). The Museum is situated close to Loftus station, so not much of a walk. There is parking outside. And a little souvenir shop inside. Well worth the visit.
  • Great experience for the kids and history buffs alike. Big selection of trams from around the world plus paraphernalia from the ages. Some pretty stunning photos from old Sydney!
  • Been here couple of times with kids. Usually on a wet day. Catch a tram into the RNP, walk to Bungoona lookout then tram back. Bring a MTB on a nice sunny day, you'll see more.
  • - Great trip to the Royal National park and back on a restored tram, briefly stopping traffic on the Princes hwy at the railway crossing! - Cheerful, knowledgeable staff (volunteers of all ages) - A large variety of interesting trams to explore - Confronting prison tram exhibit - Really nice gardens and picnic area - Interesting books, photos etc On the day we visited we almost went to the museums in town but were so glad we decided to come here instead, a great day out. We took two girls ages 7 and 11. They were stoked, I imagine boys would like it even more.
  • Great place to visit, very cool experience, public transport seemed more fun back and had character, compared today's sterile boring buses. National park ride is nice walk in , ride out. The walking trail is along side the tram line.
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